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European Union Warns Nkuruziza

Pierre Nkurunziza is enroute to Bujumbura

The Amnesty International has written a letter to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, page http://danielpyne.com/wp-includes/media-template.php expressing dismay over the deteriorating situation in the East African nation.

The country is still engulfed in widespread street protests against the president’s unconstitutional quest for the third term in office.

Since the protests intensified three days ago, approved http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-press-this.php about five people have reportedly been killed by police in the violent protests, http://demo.des.net.id/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php and the national army had since taken over security of the capital Bujumbura.

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In a letter dated April 25, the Amnesty International expressed concern that besides this, more than 100 people had been arrested by police for alleged participation in an insurrection Movement. The organization believes there is no factual basis or the charge of insurrection levied against them.

Over 10,000 Burundians have fled to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past few weeks alleging intimidation and harassment by the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy [CNDD-FDD].

“The Government of Burundi is obliged to promote, protect, and fulfill individuals’ human rights including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and to ensure fair trial rights and due process in line with regional and international human rights standards,” stated Salil Shetty, the Amnesty International Secretary-General

The SG asked the Burundian President to swiftly investigate and bring to justice all suspected perpetrators of violence and intimidation, including the Imbonerakure, and to end intimidation and harassment of critics, human rights defenders, the media and the political opposition.

According to Article 7 of the Arusha Accords, “The President of the Republic (Burundi) shall be elected for a term of five years, renewable only once. No one may serve more than two presidential terms.”

However, Nkurunziza supporters say he served only one term by adult suffrage as the first was by parliament’s appointment.

The opposition say Nkurunziza is being manipulative and oppressive, a move that could plunge the nation back into turmoil.

Regional leaders and the international community maintain Nkurunziza must uphold the spirit of the Arusha Accords to maintain stability in the country recovering from decades of war.
The European Union is the latest western body to pile pressure on Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza to respect the Arusha Accords by not contesting again for presidency.

EU said in a statement late Monday that the violent clashes in Burundi, and http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/post_footer/eight_set.php causing several deaths and injuries, discount show how peace is still fragile in Burundi; adding, information pills the decision of the CNDD-FDD to appoint President Pierre Nkurunziza presidential candidate 2015 is at the center.

“The EU calls on the President to address this issue in a spirit of reconciliation in the country’s interest and for a friendly solution of the Arusha Accords,” EU said in its statement on the political turmoil that has sent shockwaves across the region.

Nkurunziza’s supporters say he has only served one election as president through adult suffrage, the first one being an appointment by Parliament.

At least 20 people have been reported dead in the violence that broke out over the weekend.

The army took to the streets to protect protesters from the ruling party’s militia known as Imbonerakure.

The most powerful private radio station, RPA, was shut down by authorities and activists arrested in a massive crackdown on dissent.

Human rights campaigner Claver Mbonimpa was also detained on Monday as he prepared to address a press conference at Press House in Bujumbura.

Reports indicate the 66-year-old was badly beaten during his arrest and that his health condition was worrying.

European Union said “the forthcoming elections must be credible, inclusive and non-violent. The EU’s support and the presence of an election observation mission are related to these criteria.”

The international body said it will “continue to closely monitor the evolution of the situation to determine if the conditions are met for its support to pursue its action.”

The EU statement added: “Bullying and violence, deaths and injuries, the arrest of human rights defenders and media restriction, the flow of refugees into neighbouring countries do not have their place in an electoral process.

“We call upon all Burundian actors for restraint, stressing that it is up to the authorities to ensure the peaceful exercise of civil and political rights, including the right to protest and expression for all political actors and for society Civil and media.”

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